Australia New Zealand Food Authority Food Standards The Australia New Zealand Food Authority advises progress on the following matters relating to the Australian Food Standards Code. You can get further information on each of these matters in information papers which are available from: The Information Officer Australia New Zealand Food Authority P.O. Box 10-559 The Terrace WELLINGTON 6036 NEW ZEALAND Telephone: (04) 473 9942 Facsimile: (04) 473 9855 Email: anzfa_internetanzfa.gov.au Code of Good Manufacturing Practice for the Production of Gluten-Free and Low Gluten Foods The authority has developed a code of practice to assist manufacturers of gluten-free and low gluten foods to follow good manufacturing practices. The purpose of the code of practice is to ensure compliance with the Australian Food Standards Code requirements for gluten-free and low gluten foods. The code of practice was not prepared to ensure compliance with the New Zealand Food Regulations 1984. Matters at Full Assessment The authority has made preliminary assessments, accepted the following applications and will now make full assessments of them: Folic acid in supplementary foods (A337). An application was received on 25 March 1997 from Peter and Brownes Group seeking to amend column 2 of the Schedule to Standard R9 Supplementary Foods, to provide for the fortification of supplementary foods with folic acid at a level of 100 ug per 200 mL. Maximum residues limits (A339). An application received on 14 April 1997 from the National Registration Authority to amend maximum residue limits (MRLs) for a number of agricultural chemicals in Australia. In accordance with the transitional arrangements for food standards between Australia and New Zealand, individual country MRLs for agricultural and veterinary chemicals continue to apply for these standards and this application proposes changes for MRLs in Australia only. You are invited to present written submissions to the Authority on matters relevant to these applications, including the potential regulatory impact on consumers, industry and Government, by 9 July 1997. Matters at Inquiry The authority will conduct an inquiry into the variations to standards prepared at full assessment of the following application: Erythorbic acid in processed and minimally processed fruit and vegetable products (A318). An application received on 1 July 1996 from Cultor Food Science Pty Limited seeking to extend the use of the antioxidant erythorbic acid and its sodium salt, to minimally processed fruits and vegetables and in processed fruit and vegetable products. You are invited to present written submissions to the Authority on matters relevant to this inquiry, including the potential regulatory impact on consumers, industry and Government, by 25 June 1997. Matters Before Council The authority has completed an inquiry into the variation to a standard prepared at full assessment of the following application and has made a recommendation to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Council that the variation be adopted into the Australian Food Standards Code: Use of xylitol in confectionery (A322). An application from Ferrero Australia Pty Limited to permit the extension of use of xylitol in regular confectionery.